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Dr. Autrey from Baton Rouge LA is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

If It's Not a Box, What Is It?

Help me give my students tinkering materials such as dowels, tape, and wheels to help them design their "not-a-box," a large project where students turn boxes into something else.

  • $172 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

Our public Montessori program is located in Baton Rouge's inner city and our delightful students hail from all over the city. In true Montessori style, our classroom is full of hands-on activities that engage each child where they are developmentally. We are a close-knit group of three to six year-olds who celebrate kindness and peace every day.

We are a classroom of gardeners, planting most of the beds in our new garden area, complete with garden boxes and trellises.

We also have a butterfly garden and earlier this year watched as Monarch butterflies freed themselves of their chrysalises and flapped their pristine wings. We are interested in all kinds of science and while we have a beautiful life science project going, we would like to learn more about physical science. The children love it when I do science experiments with them.

These children teach me about kindness every day and truly embrace the peace curriculum.

My Project

After preparing the students for this project, they will choose a box and transform it into "not-a-box." They love to decorate their boxes, no matter what they have created and these materials will help them add wheels, prop up materials, make holes in cardboard, and construct a project they will be proud of. They get so excited about these projects and one thing leads to another. As much as possible, we try to facilitate their ideas with materials in the classroom and sometimes they require a small purchase on the side to see their ideas become reality. But these materials will make for more satisfying outcomes, giving them the ability to make something that works, such as a car or plane that rolls. There are Pre-K 3s, Pre-K 4s, and Kindergartners in the Montessori classroom and they borrow ideas from each other as the project unfolds.

These materials will make a much more exciting resource area for them to choose from, according to the product they have in their heads.

I can just imagine their excitement when they see the rich treasure trove of craft materials they have to pull from.

Dr. Autrey
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CA115 Mavalussupsup Stick Anywhere Tape Pack Bright Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LC795 Tinkering Toolbox Wooden Dowels Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LA493 Peel Stick PomPoms Set of 250 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99
LC793 Tinkering Toolbox Wheels Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
LC891 Tinkering Toolbox Plastic Tubes Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
RA391 EasyStick Glitter Shapes Set of 600 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
VR359 Peel Stick Wiggly Eyes Set of 300 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 1 $7.99
EA123 Puffy Pipe Stems • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99
LC792 Tinkering Toolbox Hole Punch Tool Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99
HL125 Jumbo Colored Craft Sticks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.99 1 $2.99

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